Big Ben has chimed, the dust has settled (unless you are a Man Utd. Fan) and the rumour mill will go quiet for about the next week! For the past few weeks this rumour mill has been working at full speed and presented many options for Everton fans to either drool about or shake our heads. As a writer for this website I was more connected to this transfer window than ever before. I was scouring the headlines of respectable sources and some questionable ones. I learned a few things during this time and probably the most enlightening one was that the sources closest to home were usually more on target than those of the ‘mass media’.
When players who did arrive were initially linked it was usually reported by or attributed to some specific source who was closer to the player. Take Ramiro Funes Mori for example; his name appeared in the last month and it was the reporters with a more direct connection to River Plate that ‘confirmed’ the discussions.
Over the course of the window there were many one-time rumours. Sadly, these were never connected to any specific sources but were often started in the British media. In the next window my reflections on whether rumours will happen or not will take this new learning into consideration.
Ultimately, the following deals did happen:
Ramiro Funes Mori – River Plate, £9.5m
Leandro Rodriguez – River Plate Montevideo, £0.5m
Gerard Deulofeu – Barcelona, £4.25m
David Henen – Olympiakos, £0.2m
Tom Cleverley – Manchester United, Free
Mason Holgate – Barnsley, Undisclosed
Aaron Lennon – Tottenham, Undisclosed
Martinez wanted cover in the defence, a #10 and some midfield support. This list has all of that but it could be argued that there is not a name on the list that would be ‘a big signing’. The money paid out for Mori is the biggest but I would argue that this window ended up being about continuing to build the team for the future by getting younger, talented players and most importantly, keeping hold of those that we have who are critical to the future of the team. By turning down offers for Stones, Coleman and to a lesser extent Naismith, Everton are saying that we are building rather than rebuilding.
No window ends with everyone being happy. Sure we could have signed other players but that didn’t happen and I think that we are in a better place than we were at the end of last season. Now let’s get behind THIS team and be supportive of what happens next. Stones played well throughout the turmoil and never pulled a ‘Berhahino’! Let’s get behind him in particular and show him that Evertonians are the best supporters of our team.
I am happy to say that it is time to take a break from the rumours! COYB!
About the Author:
I am a testament to the fact that Evertonians are born. My first matches were spent sitting on one of the crush bars in the Gladwys Street end watching the Holy Trinity weaving their magic on their way to the league championship in 1970. After moving to Canada it was hard to stay connected but the popularity of the game has increased and the internet now allows me to see every game live and keep up with all things Everton.